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After Florida School Shooting Massacre, Walmart To Sell Guns To People Above The Age Of 21 Only

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| March 1 , 2018 , 13:43 IST

American multinational retailer Walmart Inc, in a statement, said on Wednesday that customers under 21 years would no longer be allowed to purchase firearms from its stores.

This move comes amid a huge public protest to tighten gun regulation in the wake of a mass shooting at a Florida high school on February 14 that left 17 people dead.

"Going forward, we are raising the age restriction for the purchase of firearms and ammunition to 21 years of age. We will update our processes as quickly as possible to implement this change," the statement said.

It further said, "We are also removing items from our website resembling assault-style rifles, including nonlethal airsoft guns and toys. Our heritage as a company has always been in serving sportsmen and hunters, and we will continue to do so in a responsible way."

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Walmart also said it has not sold 'modern sporting rifles' alike the one used by the Florida shooter since 2015.

"We also do not sell handguns, except in Alaska where we feel we should continue to offer them to our customers," the company said.

It said, "We take seriously our obligation to be a responsible seller of firearms and go beyond the Federal law by requiring customers to pass a background check before purchasing any firearm."

Earlier Dick's Sporting Goods also decided not to sell 'assault-style' rifles and taken a number of other corporate decisions after the Parkland shooting.

In the US, according to federal law, the minimum age to buy a handgun from a licensed dealer is 21. But if someone is buying a gun from a private, unlicensed seller like from a neighbour or from someone online, or at a gun show, the age limit is 18. 

For guns like rifles and shotguns, the minimum age of purchase from a licensed dealer is 18 and from an unlicensed dealer, there is no bar of age.